Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) (ITRN) and Huron Consulting Group (HURN) Financial Review

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) (NASDAQ: ITRN) and Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) are both small-cap business support services – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) and Huron Consulting Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) 0 2 0 0 2.00
Huron Consulting Group 0 2 3 0 2.60

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) presently has a consensus price target of $36.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.15%. Huron Consulting Group has a consensus price target of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.85%. Given Huron Consulting Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Huron Consulting Group is more favorable than Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US).

Dividends

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Huron Consulting Group does not pay a dividend. Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) pays out 49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huron Consulting Group has a beta of 0.12, indicating that its share price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.6% of Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.6% of Huron Consulting Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) and Huron Consulting Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) 18.99% 36.10% 22.09%
Huron Consulting Group -17.09% 7.50% 3.83%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) and Huron Consulting Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US) $199.57 million 3.67 $32.13 million $1.95 17.90
Huron Consulting Group $797.98 million 1.11 $37.61 million ($6.38) -6.28

Huron Consulting Group has higher revenue and earnings than Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US). Huron Consulting Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (US)

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. is a provider of location-based services, consisting of stolen vehicle recovery (SVR), fleet management services and other tracking services. The Company also provides wireless communication products used in connection with its location-based services and various other applications. Its operations consist of two segments: location-based services and wireless communications products. Its location-based services segment consists of its SVR and tracking services, fleet management and value-added services consisted of personal locater services and concierge services. Its wireless communications products segment consists of short and medium range two-way machine-to-machine wireless communications products that are used for various applications, including automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic vehicle identification. It primarily provides its services, as well as sells and leases its products in Israel, Brazil, Argentina and the United States.

About Huron Consulting Group

Huron Consulting Group Inc. is a global professional services firm. The Company offers solutions in operations, advisory services, technology and analytics for healthcare, higher education, life sciences and commercial sectors. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Education and Life Sciences, and Business Advisory. Its Healthcare segment provides advisory services, from strategy setting through implementation, in the areas of organizational and resource alignment, clinical transformation, financial and operational performance, patient and caregiver engagement, and technology implementation and optimization. Its Education and Life Sciences segment provides management consulting and technology solutions to the higher education and academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and medical device, biotechnology and research industries. The Business Advisory segment’s primary service lines include Enterprise Solutions and Analytics, and Business Advisory.

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